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Record crowd sees Hornets beat Spurs


New Orleans forward David West, right, shoots as San Antonio center Rasho Nesterovic defends.
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New Orleans forward David West, right, shoots as San Antonio center Rasho Nesterovic defends. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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P.J. Brown sparked the decisive run for the New Orleans Hornets in an 89-76 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night at Oklahoma City.

Brown and the Hornets also held Tim Duncan to 11 points, matching his season low, before a Ford Center-record crowd of 19,267.

David West scored 19 points and Chris Paul finished one assist shy of his first career triple-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who returned to Oklahoma City after playing their first game of the season in Baton Rouge, La., on Friday.

Michael Finley and Tony Parker had 17 points apiece for the Spurs.

76ers 107, Raptors 80: At Toronto, Andre Iguodala tied a career-high with 26 points to lead Philadelphia to a rout over the Raptors, who have the worst record in the NBA.

Hawks 110, Nuggets 107 (OT): At Atlanta, Josh Smith scored on a layup with 42 seconds left in overtime to snap a tie and Tyronn Lue hit a 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds remaining to clinch the Hawks’ victory over Denver.

Nets 118, Warriors 90: At East Rutherford, N.J., Jason Kidd fell one rebound shy of a triple-double, finishing with 24 points and 13 assists to lead New Jersey over Golden State.

Mavericks 102, Timberwolves 95: At Dallas, Josh Howard, Jason Terry and Devin Harris sparked a fourth-quarter surge, carrying the Mavericks past Minnesota. Harris’ open court moves led to several layups for himself and others. Howard was among those benefiting, scoring seven of his 23 points in the final period. Terry opened the quarter with a 3-pointer, ending a stretch of eight straight misses, and scored 10 of his 14 points in the quarter, with several coming from the foul line to preserve the win.

Trail Blazers 97, Wizards 92: At Portland, Juan Dixon scored 20 points against his former team and the Trail Blazers held off Washington on a snowy night. The city was hit with a snow and ice storm during the day, and just a couple thousand fans – at best – braved the weather for the game. Portland, which led by as many as 17 points, snapped a three-game losing streak. Washington, which has lost five of six overall and five straight on the road, cut the deficit to 87-86 on Gilbert Arenas’ 3-pointer with 2:45 left.

Rockets 76, Lakers 74: At Los Angeles, Tracy McGrady’s driving left-handed layup with 0.3 seconds left lifted Houston over the Lakers. The right-handed McGrady drove around Devean George at the top of the key and avoided Lamar Odom and Kwame Brown before laying the ball in just before time ran out. Brown had stolen the ball from McGrady and dunked with 19 seconds left to tie the game.

Dickau possibly done for year

The Boston Globe reported that former Gonzaga University and current Celtics’ point guard Dan Dickau may be out for the season after suffering an Achilles’ injury during Saturday’s 118-86 loss at Chicago.

Dickau was injured with 8 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the game and had to be helped off the floor by teammates. He was scheduled for an MRI on Sunday to determine the exact extent of his injury.

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